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Mary Lott

R.C. Powers was Mr. Athens College in 1958.
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R.C. Powers was Mr. Athens College in 1958.

W.T. Grant store opens

75 Years Ago

April 10-16, 1931

Hundreds of buyers and visitors attended the opening of the W.T. Grant Co. store in Decatur. E.P. Cook is company manager.

Joseph A. Woods was elected president of Decatur Rotary Club. Other officers are Julian Harris, vice president; John McGehee, secretary; Carlyle Blackwell, sergeant-at-arms.

A.B. McWilliams, cashier of the Limestone County Bank of Athens, was elected president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

D.L. Rosenau Sr. was elected first vice president, Grady Davis, second vice president; and R.H. Richardson Jr., secretary and treasurer.

Riverside High School had the highest percentage of points in the high school division of Rotary Club's hobby show. Lafayette Street School won the elementary events. The boy and girl having the best exhibits were Ed Orr of Riverside and Lena Strickland of Central High School.

Junior high winners were Raymond Fuller, Lawrence County, and Clessie Horton, Riverside.

Elementary school winners were Wallace Burt of Lafayette and Marie Garrison of Gordon-Bibb.

50 Years Ago

April 10-16, 1956

Elected officers at Plainview School were Jimmy Maples, president; Douglas Hanners, vice president; Jimmy Boyer, secretary; Wanda Pettit, treasurer; Oralean Johnson, song leader; and Rachel Jarrett, reporter.

K.H. Silvert, associate professor of political science at Tulane University, who is on leave to work with the American University Field Services, will lead the last session of the 1955-56 Decatur Current Affairs Seminar at Decatur High School on Friday.

Silvert is a noted author and adviser on Latin America.

Ladies' Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4190 elected new officers.

They are Lucy Walker, president; Margaret Thompson, senior vice president; Neppie Lanier, junior vice president; Eileen Hennessee, secretary; Imogene Wood, treasurer; Bertha Timberlake, three-year trustee; Ruth Worley, chaplain; Bridges Vaughan, conductress; and Elizabeth Harton, guard.

Quince E. Eddens was named president of Decatur Country Club. Dr. R.H. Evans was selected as vice president, and C.C. Acker was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Leon Clancy, president of Clancy Lumber Co. Inc. and Clancy Forest Products Inc., Decatur, was elected president of Southern Pine Association and will direct a new research and development planning program for the association.

25 Years Ago

April 10-16, 1981

New officers for Decatur Country Club women's golf association are Fran Bell, president; Gladys Hargrove, vice president; Rosemary Hennessy, secretary; Mickee Rath, corresponding secretary; Marj Tucker, treasurer; and Evelyn Loyd and Billye Kantola, board members.

Don Worthy and Jerry Laxson were winners in THE DECATUR DAILY bass tournament at Decatur Harbor.

Charles Green and Doug Ledbetter were second-place finishers and Steve and Jimmy Howard finished third.

Margaret Ann Fieger received the 1981 Woman of the Year award from American Business Women's Association. Chris Dow, a past winner, presented Fieger with the award. Fieger is office manager of U.S. Corrugated Fibre Box Co.

A. Michelle Kauffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar W. Kauffman of Decatur, was accepted by Bauder Fashion College in Atlanta. She is enrolled in the fashion merchandising program and is scheduled to begin in September.

Nora Galil of Decatur High School received a Monsanto Merit Scholarship and Philip C. Conley of Hartselle High School received a Hospital Corporation of America merit scholarship.

10 Years Ago

April 10-16, 1996

Michael Wetzel, a DECATUR DAILY copy editor and 1979 Troy State University alumnus, has been named Outstanding Print Journalism Graduate for 1995 by the TSU Journalism Alumni Association.

He has been employed by newspapers since his graduation and has worked at THE DAILY since November 1987.

Morgan County "Let's Have a Ball" golf tournament at the Decatur Country Club raised about $4,500 for the American Cancer Society, according to Cindy Butler, a field representative for the benefit organization.

All five winning teams advanced to the state competition in September in Birmingham.

Anderson University, Anderson, Ind., announced that Jennifer Screws of Decatur has been named an academic scholar for the 1995-96 school year. She is a senior at Austin High School and will enter Anderson this fall.

Patricia Pruitt, president of Cedar Ridge Middle School PTA, was awarded the Parent of the Year award runner-op at Alabama Education Association's 1996 convention in Mobile.

The award is given in recognition of the time, abilities and resources she has contributed to the education of children.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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